• Smith v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-30
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Education | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Streett
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Lisa C. McLaughlin for plaintiff
    for defendant: Daniel A. Griffith for defendant

    Case Number: D68445

    A school district's insurer had a duty to defend a teacher in an action by a former student for the teacher's sexual misconduct, because the underlying complaint included claims that fell within the policy. Ambiguity existed with regard to a policy exclusion, so the court resolved the ambiguity against the insurer.

  • Polanco v. Amguard Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-09
    Practice Area: Discovery | Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Connolly
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John S. Spadaro, John Sheehan Spadaro, LLC, Smyrna, DE for plaintiff;
    for defendant: Michael R. Abbott, Cipriani & Werner, P.C., Wilmington, DE for defendant.

    Case Number: D68414

    Because courts could take additional evidence to support a removal notice's allegations with respect to the amount-in-controversy requirement, the court could grant a removing defendant's motion for leave to conduct discovery on the requirement to oppose plaintiff's motion to remand.

  • In the Matter of the Liqudation of the Indemnity Ins. Corp.

    Publication Date: 2018-12-26
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Zurn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Christopher P. Simon and Kevin S. Mann, Cross & Simon, LLC, Wilmington, DE for the Insurance Commissioner, as receiver for Indemnity Ins. Corp., RRG, in liquidation.
    for defendant: David S. Eagle and Salley E. Veghte, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, Wilmington, DE for Branch Banking and Trust Co. Jeffrey B. Cohen, Bruceton Mills, WV for proposed intervenor.

    Case Number: D68402

    The court rejected a motion to intervene in this insurance company liquidation matter, because the motion was untimely and prejudiced creditors and policyholders.

  • AR Capital, LLC v. XL Specialty Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2018-12-26
    Practice Area: Insurance Law | REITS | Securities Litigation
    Industry: Consulting | Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Carpenter
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jennifer C. Wasson and Carla M. Jones, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Robin L. Cohen and Natasha Romagnoli, McKool Smith, PC, New York, NY for plaintiff
    for defendant: Stephen B. Brauerman and Sara E. Bussiere, Bayard, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Joseph D. Jean, Alexander D. Hardiman, and Benjamin D. Tievsky, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York, NY for intervenor.

    Case Number: D68398

    Investment manager entitled to coverage under client's policy where endorsement on policy expressly defined manager under the definition of "company" entitled to coverage for securities claims.

  • Goggin v. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA

    Publication Date: 2018-12-12
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance | Insurance Law
    Industry: Energy | Mining and Resources
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David J. Baldwin and Carla M. Jones, Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Seth B. Schafler and Seth D. Fiur, Proskauer Rose, LLP, New York, NY for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Seth A. Niederman, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Joseph Collins, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Chicago, IL for defendant.

    Case Number: D68383

    Exclusionary clause of Directors & Officers insurance policy applied where claims against former directors would not have arisen but for their formation and use of investment vehicles, of which they were managers/members, to enrich themselves at the expense of the corporation for which they were directors and the corporation's creditors.

  • Homeland Ins. Co. of New York v. Corvel Corp.

    Publication Date: 2018-12-05
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Health Care | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Vaughn
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David Newmann and Catherine E. Stetson, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC; Timothy Jay Houseal, Jennifer M. Kinkus and William E. Gamgort, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael J. Rosen and Peter F. Lovato, III, Skarzynski Black, LLC for appellant
    for defendant: John M. Seaman and April M. Kirby, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, Wilmington, DE for appellee.

    Case Number: D68374

    Bad faith claim brought by insured barred by applicable statute of limitations where the claim accrued when insured settled a covered litigation and when insured knew insurer had made its alleged misrepresentation in prior litigation.

  • Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada v. Wilmington Trust, N.A.

    Publication Date: 2018-09-05
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Johnston
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph J. Bellew, Joseph Kelleher, Michael J. Miller, Charles J. Vinicombe, Gregory J. Star, Cozen O'Connor, attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: Harry S. Davis and Robert E. Griffin, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Kevin G. Abrams, John M. Seaman, and E. Wade Houston, Abrams & Bayliss LLP, attorneys for defendant.

    Case Number: D68272

    Estoppel counterclaims and affirmative defenses to action seeking to declare life insurance policy void ab initio struck and dismissed where validity of policy would preclude estoppel and invalidity of policy would grant no legal basis for relief.

  • Deane v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2018-08-22
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge LeGrow
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Patrick C. Gallagher for plaintiff
    for defendant: Daniel A. Griffith and Kaan Ekiner for defendant.

    Case Number: D68257

    A party was barred from receiving personal injury protection benefits pursuant to an anti-stacking provision in his insurance policy, where he received such benefits through his employer's insurer under a policy issued in another state.

  • Catlin Specialty Ins. Co. v. CBL & Assocs. Props., Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-08-22
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Construction | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Emily K. Silverstein, Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly P.C., Wilmington, DE; Louis H. Kozloff, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Philadelphia, PA, attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: John A. Sensing, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Alan E. Popkin, David W. Sobelman, and Melissa Z. Baris, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis, MO, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68254

    Insurer entitled to reimbursement of defense costs under a reservation of rights following judicial determination insurer had no duty to defend where insured's acceptance of defense under reservation created quasi-contract and entitled insurer to reimbursement under a theory of unjust enrichment.

  • Securian Life Ins. Co. v. Dawson

    Publication Date: 2018-07-04
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Fallon
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: D68204

    A party seeking to strike a late-filed answer by two defendants did not establish prejudice, and the court found good cause for the belated filing of the answer.